Saturday, November 26, 2011

DeSoto, TX: Three Dead in DeSoto Shooting

Neighbor says a woman knocked on his door to ask for help
By Amanda Guerra and Omar Villafranca | Friday, Nov 25, 2011

Three people are dead after a shooting at a DeSoto home Friday afternoon.

A man shot his ex-girlfriend, her step-father and her sister's boyfriend at a home in the 1000 block of Oak Meadow Lane before turning the gun on himself, according to the DeSoto Police Department.

DeSoto police identified the victims as Autumn Carey, 25, her step-father Gerald Malone, 48, and her sister's boyfriend Adrian Jessie, 22.

Police said Carey's ex-boyfriend, Almonzo Henderson, 26, drove to DeSoto with a .380 caliber handgun. Police did find his car but it wasn't parked in front of the victims' home.

Henderson attempted to kill himself but didn't, he is in critical condition at a local hospital, according to police.


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Police said if he survives he will face capital murder charges. "We'll go after the needle," said DeSoto Police Capt. Ron Smith.

Carey's grandmother, Maggie Krause, said Carey and Henderson had been dating for six years and have two young children together. Krause said Carey would often tell family members she was afraid for her safety.

"He's beat her up a few times and he's threatened her," Krause said.

"She was afraid of him. Tried to leave him numerous times, but would always go back because she was afraid."

Krause said about a week ago, Carey came to her claiming she was ready to leave Henderson.

"She came to me and said she'd had enough. She didn't say she was scared, but that she'd had enough and I said 'fine.'"

Krause said Carey had been seeking refuge with relatives, but on Friday morning Henderson tracked her down at her parent's house in DeSoto.

"He kicks in the front door, goes in, has an argument, has a gun apparently. Shoots the first person then goes around and shoots the rest," said Capt. Ron Smith.

Krause, who was not at the house at the time, said the shooting took place in front of Carey and Henderson's children.

"He had no regard for Autumn, he had no regard for her family, he had no regard for these two little babies because now they don’t have any parents," Krause said.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this article indicated Adrian Jessie was Autumn Carey's current boyfriend, that Gerald Malone was Carey's father, that Henderson's first name was Alonzo and that he had driven to DeSoto from Oklahoma. NBC 5 has learned that the information, received from the DeSoto Police Department, was incorrect. The article was corrected with information from the family shortly before 10 p.m.

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